Very salient and true points. Elkhounds can no longer by law do their job, but the breed standard provides a blueprint for what their particular foot must be like based on their original job. And I am not going to shock my dog for any reason even if it is called by the euphemism "stim" or have 18 dead ducks in my freezer next to the ice cream. I will cheer for all the great hunting dogs and admire them; you should cheer for all the great show dogs We will all send props and real admiration to Anney and Barb who do it all.Does a Ridgeback need to hunt lion to prove themselves? Do Dals have to find a carriage to prove themselves? There are breeds with an original purpose that doesn’t really exist in our current world. Does that mean they don’t meet their standard?
I have no desire to kill ducks for a hobby. I have no desire to get my dogs bit by a Gila Monster or Rattle Snake, very real concerns in my state.